After taking snow days during the Blizzard of 2017, many local school districts will now have to change vacation days into school days after they exceeded their allotted snow days for the year. That includes Owego-Apalachin, where Friday, May 26 will now be a full day of classes for students instead of the first day of a four-day weekend. Students in Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Union-Endicott, and Vestal will also be in session that day. In addition, U-E and M-E students will have to return from spring break one day early to attend classes April 21. State law requires schools to be in session for a total of 180 days. School districts normally plan for a maximum of four to six snow days per year.
Owego-Apalachin School District Superintendent Corey Green proposed his budget for the 2017-2018 school year to the board of education last night. The $45.8 million spending plan includes a proposed property tax levy increase of 1.05 percent. The budget is still in its preliminary stages and is waiting for final numbers from the state. Green’s proposal includes program enhancements and opportunities to students like additional STEM courses, a greater focus on agriculture, and more elective and AP offerings for high school students. Green told the board they are also keeping an eye on declining enrollment in the district and using that to help guide long-range planning. The district is projected to have 100-200 fewer students by the end of the 2021 school year. The full presentation will be posted on the district website today. A final district budget will be adopted April 13 and go to the voters in May.
OFA Senior Lindsay Field broke three world power lift records at an event in Ithaca this weekend. The 17-year-old squatted 330 pounds, benched 115 pounds, and deadlifted 400 pounds to set new records for 16 and 17-year-old girls. The dead lift was 20 pounds heavier than the world record she set in the fall. Lindsay hopes to continue to break her own records this spring and summer.
State Senator Fred Akshar stopped by Owego Elementary yesterday to participate in a presentation to fourth grade students from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Akshar read the students a story, and then they got to try oranges three different ways: whole, canned, and squeezed into juice. The presentation was part of the “Ag in the Classroom” initiative, a collaboration between the CCE, BOCES, local school districts, and Senator Akshar.
“I have to give thanks to (OACSD) Superintendent Corey Green for his willingness to partner with us and the Cornell Cooperative Extension for making this a reality,” he told WEBO. “I’m already thinking forward about how we can expand the program, get into more schools, and ensure that we are creating a pathway for kids to be successful.”
Owego-Apalachin is one of five local districts taking part in the program, and Superintendent Corey Green is also looking forward to the future.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this program,” he told WEBO. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn more about agriculture. Teaming up with Senator Akshar has been wonderful, and we are looking forward to watching (the program) grow.”
More photos from the event are on the WEBO Facebook page.
An Owego-Apalachin School District employee has won a state award. Athletics Department Secretary Francine Reynolds has received the 2017 Secretarial Award for Excellence for the Section 4 region from the New York State Athletic Administration Association. Francine – or “Franchise” as she is known by many – will receive her award next week. She was nominated by Athletic Director Andy Buchsbaum, and seconded by every one of the coaches at OFA. The Owego graduate has worked as a secretary for the district since 1996 and in the athletics department since 2014.
The Owego-Apalachin School District is now accepting applications for their Universal Pre-K program for next school year. UPK is aimed at helping 4-year-old children prepare to enter kindergarten. It is open to any child who lives in the district and turns 4 on or before December 1, 2017. Most students will attend UPK at the same building where they will attend kindergarten the following year. Applications are now available on the school district’s website, www.oacsd.org. A lottery will be held in April to choose the students for next year’s UPK program.
No one was injured, but an Owego-Apalachin School District bus was left with some minor damage after an accident in Apalachin yesterday. Around 7am, the district says a bus was stopped to pick up a student in the area of 108 Main Street when it was struck by a ladder that was attached to the top of a pickup truck that was backing up at the same time. The side of the bus was left with a dent and some scratches, but the students inside the bus were not harmed. The Apalachin Fire Department and law enforcement were called to the scene. The driver of the truck has not been identified.
An Owego-Apalachin School District bus collided with a car on Main Street in Apalachin this morning, but no one was injured. According to scanner reports, the incident happened just after 7am in the area of 108 Main Street. Apalachin Fire and Squad responded, but reported no injuries. One of our listeners says it was Bus 270, and there were students on the bus. Police are investigating and there is no word on the severity of the damage.